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Dates for 2012:
Link to calendar of all religions including Hinduism: http://www.chiddingstone.kent.sch.uk/homework/religion/calendar.htm#jan
jan 28th Saraswati Puja
2012 Calendar go to http://www.indif.com/nri/panchang/festival_Calendar_12.asp
BAPS Dates to remember: Please leave a comment if something from the Amma calender or BAPS calender is missing. Additional days of fast during Navratri, but all 8 or 9 days are fast days. There are 4 seasons or 4 sets of these. Navratri is the most important. Shivratri also has fast days.
Dates for 2011:
March 19 and 20 Holi
March 30 Fast Day
April 12 Swaminarayan Jayanti ramnavmi Fast
April 14 Fast
April 28 varuthini Ekadashi Fast
May 14 Fast
May 28 Fast
May 29 Yogi maharaj Birthday
June 12 Fast
June 13 teras Vatsavitri vrat begins
June 15 Lunar Ecclipse
vatsavitri vrat ends
June 27 Mon Fast
July 11 Mon. Devshayani Ekadashi fast
chaturmas Gaurivrat begins
july 26 Tues fast
August 9 Tues fast
Aug 15 Mon Independance day
Aug 22 Mon Janmashtmi Fast Krishna's birthday### Video : http://youtu.be/N_5nHC-lCBc Video in celebration I found on Youtube: http://youtu.be/EQ0L_Te3FcA
Aug. 25 Thurs Fast
september 8 Thurs Jaljilani Ekadashi Fast
September 24 sat. Fast
Sept. 27 Amma's birthday--not 100% sure of this
September 28 (Wednesday) Navratri begins Fast begins Durga Devotions done
October 6 (Thursday) Navratri ends+ or - one day( fast ends)
October 23 Rama Ekadashi Fast
october 26 wed DIPAVALI
Oct. 27 Thurs Annakutotsav Hindu New year, 2068 begins.
Nov 6 sun. Fast
Tulsi Vivah begins
Nov 10 thursdev Diwali purnima
nov 21 Fast
Dec 2 Premukh Swami Maharaj birthday
Dec 6 tues Fast
dec 21 wed Fast
No meat, fish or eggs
No strict rules for fasting unless your Guru requests something special.
One meal a day
Simple foods such as fruit and milk.
Some suggest vegetables only with skin on.
Can have potatoe curry, no wheat,grains or salt, eat after sunset.
1st 3 days Durga
2nd 3 days Lakshmi
3rd 3 days Saraswati
South India--Shakti devotion
You are not supposed to starve yourself, set a reasonable fast, there are no strict rules.
Hindu cycles of time, where we are in the big picture: this is the Hindu concept of time: